Brian in Boston

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  1. Digby hit it on the head. There's simply no appetite in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for public money being spent to subsidize the construction of facilities in which major professional sports teams can play their games. At least not without said money being paid back by the sports franchise owners who will be the primary beneficiaries of the construction of said facilities. Bob Kraft privately financed construction of Gillette Stadium on land for which he paid fair-market value. As for the publicly-funded, up-front infrastructure improvements that took place surrounding the Gillette Stadium construction site, the Krafts have been responsible for reimbursing the state for the cost of said work via annual payments since the stadium opened. The Yawkey Trust - former owners of the Red Sox - knew that they couldn't get public dollars for construction of their "New Fenway Park" project, so they limited their ask to a request for $130 million of state funding to upgrade transportation infrastructure in the neighborhood and to build a pair of parking garages near the planned facility. No dice, which is why John Henry knew he was going to have to settle for renovating Fenway Park on his own dime. Jeremy Jacobs borrowed over $100 million from banks, put up $40 million of Delaware North money, and added a surcharge to tickets that generated another $3.2 million for construction of a replacement for the original Boston Garden. The City of Boston backed $16 million in bonds which Jacobs has had to pay back over time. The notion that Major League Soccer's New England Revolution were going to score a better stadium financing deal than the Bruins, Celtics, Patriots or Red Sox were able to wrangle is ludicrous. As for the Krafts' press release regarding this latest soccer-specific stadium development plan, I have the following questions: * Is the Krafts' definition of what constitutes a "full-value land lease" the same as UMass Boston's definition? Might the Krafts' assessment of the value of the land at the former Bayside Expo Center site be different from that which university leaders and state officials hold? That could be the reason for the soccer-specific "stadium-anchored development" plan no longer seeming "feasible" to the university. * Have all of the Krafts' efforts to date to develop a stadium for the Revolution within the Greater Boston urban core included their taking on responsibility for a "fully-funded, privately-financed stadium"? If so, why is this the first time I can remember them so publicly committing to such financing of the facility? And if a "fully-funded, privately-financed stadium" on property which the Krafts are willing to pay a "full-value land lease" for is in the cards at the former Bayside Expo Center site, would such a deal work at any of the other sites in Greater Boston that the Krafts have previously considered?
  2. Seattle Thunderbirds Seattle Steelheads Seattle Cutthroats
  3. Al Davis didn't found the Oakland Raiders. He wasn't even an employee of the franchise until the team had three AFL seasons under its belt. After the Raiders had played six seasons, Davis was finally able to secure a 10% ownership stake in the team. After six more seasons, Davis had his lawyers draw up a revised partnership agreement that usurped the control of one of the Raiders two principal partners - F. Wayne Valley, one of the team's founding owners - and convinced his other partner to sign it while Valley was out of the country, attending the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. Within four more years, Davis had completely bought Valley out as a Raiders owner. While Davis presided over the Raiders' glory years, the notion that he "founded the team", or was an owner from the outset of the franchise, is revisionist history. Al Davis was a San Diego Chargers assistant coach when the Raiders first took the field. Further, his rise from being head coach of the Raiders to securing control of the franchise as its principal owner was replete with what could, at best, be characterized as shrewd maneuvering. It would more accurately be described as double-dealing, back-stabbing, and power-mongering. "Just win baby", indeed.
  4. The FIFA Council came to its unanimous decision to expand the World Cup tournament field to 48 teams in January of this year. As recently as last month, The Guardian was reporting that European and Asian nations were still "excluded from the bidding (for World Cup 2026) following the selection of Russia and Qatar in 2018 and 2022 respectively." If FIFA has changed its stand on UEFA and AFC member-nations being excluded from hosting the 2026 World Cup unless no bid from a member-nation of the Confederation of African Football, the South American Football Confederation, the Oceania Football Confederation, or CONCACAF is found to meet FIFA requirements, then they've certainly managed to keep that decision under wraps.
  5. So, the Vegas Golden Knights are reportedly set to hire Gerard Gallant as their head coach. Well, it makes sense from a headline-writing angle. GALLANT KNIGHTS FALL IN BATTLE
  6. More like Festivus. After all, we're talking about the unveiling of a sports identity masterminded by the folks at Nike. That being the case, you just know there's going to be an "airing of grievances"... undoubtedly with good reason.
  7. The trademark for Red Bull New York was registered by Red Bull GmbH of Austria. In fact, as of 4/12/2017, the United States Patent and Trademark Office still lists Red Bull GmbH as the owner of the mark, including for the purposes of "Entertainment services, namely, organizing, conducting and staging professional soccer games and exhibitions; production of television and radio programs in the nature of professional soccer games and exhibitions", amongst other pursuits.
  8. BINGO! The Spring League's minimalist SL logo fits the venture perfectly, as any Brian Woods undertaking has a minimal chance of success... and the SL can just as easily stand for Short-Lived.
  9. In October of last year, FIFA unveiled bidding and hosting guidelines which stipulated that member-nations from the host confederations of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups - the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), respectively - would be ineligible to host the 2026 World Cup tournament. The Australia Football Federation and Football Federation of Kazakhstan both belong to the AFC. The Football Association in England, the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan, and the Turkish Football Federation are all members of UEFA. As such, under FIFA's new guidelines, the United States of America, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, New Zealand and Morocco are the only nations on the Wikipedia list that can bid to host the 2026 World Cup. A member-nation of the AFC or UEFA will only be considered to host the 2026 World Cup if no bid from a member-nation of the Confederation of African Football, the South American Football Confederation, the Oceania Football Confederation, or CONCACAF is found to meet FIFA requirements.
  10. United States of America MetLife Stadium - East Rutherford, NJ FedEx Field - Landover, MD or potential new Redskins stadium - Washington, DC metro area Mercedes-Benz Stadium - Atlanta, GA Hard Rock Stadium - Miami Gardens, FL Soldier Field - Chicago, IL AT&T Stadium - Arlington, TX NRG Stadium - Houston or Arrowhead Stadium - Kansas City, MO University of Phoenix Stadium - Glendale, AZ Levi's Stadium - Santa Clara, CA or Stanford Stadium - Stanford, CA Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park - Inglewood, CA United Mexican States Estadio BBVA Bancomer - Guadalupe, MX-NL Estadio Chivas - Zapopan, MX-JA Estadio Azteca - Mexico City, MX-DF Canada Olympic Stadium - Montreal, QC BMO Field - Toronto, ON BC Place - Vancouver, BC I would think that once a host country/stadium for the final was determined, each of the semi-final matches would be scheduled for facilities in each of the other two co-host nations. For instance, if a stadium in a US city was chosen to play host to the World Cup Final, one semi-final would be contested in a Canadian venue and one would be played in a Mexican facility.
  11. It's a pyre for the human sacrifices.
  12. I didn't make myself clear. I actually like the presence of the mills in the Spinners' primary logo. I simply think that Canaligator should be wearing the simplest of the team's caps - blue with the red L - within the primary logo.
  13. I wonder how the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders' introduction of their "Baby Bombers" alternate logo is sitting with the New Orleans Baby Cakes? It's been just 2-1/2 months since Brandiose rolled-out the new Baby Cakes identity for New Orleans. You'd think that they'd have tried a bit harder not to ape another client's newly-unveiled identity package when generating the alternative mark for the RailRiders.
  14. This is the problem that I have with the new logo set. Depict the mascot wearing the simplest of the caps - blue with the red L - and call it a day.
  15. Currently, a couple of condos and a house. I'm in the process of renovating the condos (combining the two units into a single home) and selling the house. So, no, not a big enough footprint to play host to San Diego's Major League Soccer franchise.